Freight volumes grow at DWC in Q1
By Yamurai Zendera
Freight volumes at Al Maktoum International at Dubai World Central (DWC) rose in the first quarter of 2014, recording 76,816 tonnes in the first three months of the year, up 42.3% from the 53,974 tonnes achieved during the first quarter of 2013.
Volumes were boosted by the introduction of several new scheduled freighter services with Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and Cargolux all moving their dedicated freighter flights to DWC since the end of last year. This has increased weekly scheduled freighter flights to more than 60.
This growth trend is expected to be maintained, with Emirates SkyCargo joining the move to DWC in May when it moves all dedicated freighters to the airport.
Paul Griffiths, CEO of Dubai Airports, commented that it was "a gratifying quarter of growth for DWC".